Friday, April 6, 2018

April Holstein Sire Summary Highlights

New Sires for Creating Ideal Commercial Cows

Topping the lineup for the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index following the April proofs are a trio of outstanding sires in 1HO13023 MR WISCONSIN, 1HO12917 MIKE and 1HO11955 BEYOND. Just behind them is a trio of new releases all over +1100 ICC$.

The top new release according to the ICC$ index is 1HO12990 NET. This 1HO11643 DAMIEN son out of a Supershot is destined to impress with his +1113 ICC$ and +572 for the Production Efficiency (PREF$) sub-index, meaning he has genetics that result in high‑yielding cows with lower feed costs. NET also stands at +901 Lifetime Net Merit (LNM$), adds longevity (+8.2 Productive Life) and improves udders (+2.07 Udder Composite). He offers all-round calving ease too, with a low 6.2% Sire Calving Ease (SCE) and 3.6% Daughter Calving Ease (DCE).

1HO12990 NET

is an outcross by Barclay with an extremely balanced genetic profile: +1112 ICC$, +382 for the Health (HLTH$) sub-index and +862 LNM$. Use BEACHBOY to improve udders (+1.66 Udder Composite), moderate frame size and improve yield (+124 CFP). He adds daughter fertility (+2.7 Daughter Pregnancy Rate), extends longevity (+7.7 PL) and has a low 5.0% SCE. To top it off, he displays impressive values for the GENEX proprietary health traits at 108 Metritis (MTR) and 104 Subclinical Ketosis (SCK).

Rounding out the new releases over +1100 ICC$ is the new Jett son 1HO13415 TANZANITE. He debuts at +1113 ICC$ and +826 LNM$. This udder specialist is +2.18 Udder Composite (UDC) while packing in production at +131 CFP and +1817 Milk. With his 107 MTR, he’s also a good option for helping to manage the cost and impact associated with metritis in future generations.

New release 1HO13300 COOLIO is a Tesla son and a calving ease specialist at 5.4% SCE. He is +1087 ICC$ and the leader for the Fertility and Fitness (FYFT$) sub-index, which emphasizes genetics that result in optimal age at first calving, reduced days open and shorter calving intervals. His elite +4.0 Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) is testament to that. COOLIO also comes in at +1.99 UDC while improving milk quality (+2.63 Somatic Cell Score).

1HO12996 KANZO is an impressive new sire with strong industry rankings. He debuts at +1066 for the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index, +953 Lifetime Net Merit (LNM$) and +2805 TPI®. This outcross sire, a DAMIEN out of a Josuper, is +151 CFP. He will sire daughters with impressive udders (+2.50 UDC) while moderating frame size. KANZO is available in GenChoice™ sexed semen only.

1HO13406 HAGAR is a new Ragen son. He is +1019 ICC$ and +864 LNM$ with an impressive +2.18 UDC. Use HAGAR with confidence in the heifer pens (6.4% SCE) while improving daughter fertility (+1.2 DPR) and adding longevity (+6.3 Productive Life).

A new bull at +955 ICC$ and +949 LNM$ is 1HO12965 RADICAL. This early 1HO11652 RADIUS son out of a Montross is known for production efficiency (+603 PREF$) with his +178 CFP and +112 Fat. Use RADICAL to improve component percentages while also siring daughters with extremely high and wide rear udders.

A new release Modesty, 1HO12986 RUSTIC is an extreme component yield sire that optimizes efficiency from trouble-free milking cows. He comes in at +921 ICC$, +193 for the Milking Ability (MABL$) sub-index and +117 Fat. Use RUSTIC to also improve udders at +1.99 UDC. Another new Modesty, 1HO13513 PURSUIT is an elite type and milk yield sire. He is +2.11 PTAT, +2.66 UDC and comes in at +1996 Milk with +141 CFP. This all comes in a calving ease package: +77 Calving Ability (CABL$), 5.4% SCE, 2.7% DCE.


Also joining the lineup is an early 1HO11670 GATEDANCER son in 1HO12966 RUMBLE. He is an elite type sire at +2.30 PTAT and +2.57 UDC. RUMBLE stands at +942 ICC$ and +2751 TPI® while also improving milk quality at +2.58 SCS.

1HO13424 SUBZERO, an early 1HO11959 WRENCH son, is +877 ICC$ and is a production and type specialist. SUBZERO debuts at +148 CFP while also sporting PTAT and UDC values over +2.00. SUBZERO is available in GenChoice™ sexed semen only.

In addition to these new releases, GENEX icon sire 1HO10396 CABRIOLET continues to
impress. Now with over 10,000 daughters, he stands at +953 ICC$ and +895 LNM$. This
extremely reliable sire can be used to add a balanced genetic profile with +154 CFP, positive
component percentages while moderating frame size. CABRIOLET is ideal for heifer pens as
the leader for the CABL$ sub-index.

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